Self Tanning For Pale Skins – Palmer Cutler

By | November 28 2006 | 9 Comments

palmer cutler rangePalmer Cutler (created by Patsy ‘Bianca RICKAAYYYYY ex-Eastenders’ Palmer + friend Charlotte Cutler) is a range of skincare and self-tanning products designed specifically for for those with sensitive and pale skins. And that’s good news for us Irish folk who sadly don’t see all that much sun. Plus Palmer was inspired to start the line when she found it difficult to get products to suit her pale, freckled skin, so that should also resonate with anyone born and bred in north western Europe.

There’s nothing more glaringly fake than a copper toned permatan mid-winter – but having a natural looking glow is enviable, especially when the days are so long and dreary. So Palmer Cutler Real Tan sounds great for achieving just that. It’s a tan developer rather than a dye and it achieves natural results because it actually works with your natural skin tone to develop the perfect shade of tan for you. It’s suitable for men and women as well, and it doesn’t stink to high heaven – a big plus in my book. You can get it in three variants too – a milk, a mousse or a gel.

To get best results they recommend you use their Ginger Head and Body Cleansing Gel first, which is an active body wash gel with ginger to help keep skin glowing, thus enhancing the tan. After that you use theit the Nuts Ginger Exfoliant which contains loofah and helps to rid the skin of dead cells – it’s those cells that often cause discolouration when you apply fake tan. Once you’re silky smooth and exfoliated, you slap on some Waterchestnut Moisturiser which helps to lock in your tan. Only then should you apply your Real Tan. Phew, it’s a bit of a production!

But if it’s good enough for the Sunday Times who voted the range Winner of The Sunday Times Style Beauty Awards 2004, then it’s good enough for me. Less compelling is the fact that Jenny Frost, Denise Van Outen, Will Young, Sadie Frost and Victoria and David Beckham are also fans. Um, brilliant.

So if that hasn’t put you off, where can you get your mitts on Palmer Cutler products? stocks the entire range. You’ll pay £14.25 STG for a tanning gel or mousse, or £11.24 STG for the milk. The waterchestnut moisturiser and ginger exfoliant are both £6.74 STG and all orders are subject to £5 STG shipping charge to Ireland.

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9 Replies to "Self Tanning For Pale Skins – Palmer Cutler"

  • cathyfly says:

    I decided to try the Palmer Cutler tanning mousse last time i was buying fake tan instead of my usual brand (St Tropez mousse, since you ask). I was sold by the celeb endorsements and it sounded a bit exclusive ;)

    Now i’ll preface what i’m about to say with a *this is my opinion only and maybe all those celebs and fans can’t be wrong*, but i was disappointed. It reminded me a lot of the Piz Buin mousse that launched in a blaze of hype a couple of years ago, funny smelling watery white mousse but at about 3 times the price of the Piz Buin – i think it cost around 30 quid for a bottle.
    I didn’t like it as (unlike the St Tropez stuff) there’s no guide colour so you can’t see where it’s going, a lot of blending is required and after all the palaver and high hopes for waking up golden brown, you could barely see the colour in the morning :(
    (and i had bought the Medium/Dark version)

    So yes, maybe for someone very pale it would be a good place to start if you’re afraid of going a bit David Dickinson, but me, if i’m putting on fake tan i like to look a bit brown, otherwise what’s the point? i still think the st tropez (mousse not the scary mucky stuff) is a better buy for the money…have recommended it to a few friends of varying skin tones and seems to work for most people – goes on a bit grey so you have to do it at night, but you can see where you’re putting it, it’s nice and creamy, and the colour is always nice and natural.

    Would be interested to try some of the other PC products though…the Ginger Exfoliator sounds nice…

  • Admin says:

    Oh that’s interesting – cheers!

  • Mary says:

    One of the nicest tans i think that is out there (and one of the easier ones to use) is the Lancome Mousse. Its natural looking, one application does it you can always re apply if you like .leaves a nice shimmer and you can see the colour going on which is a must!

  • glittergirl says:

    The lancome leg gel is lovely for all over aswell- so easy to apply and a really nice colour

  • sarah says:

    Lancome do a lovely face gel too, flash bronze, its realy natural and great as a make up base, gives a really healthy glow, i always get a nice compliment when i wear it and it doesnt look fake at all and it has never given me spots either! I got it a long time ago in BT’s you only use a tiny bit so it lasts forever!!!

  • Lesley says:

    I think it’s a good idea to have a range for those of us with nordic or celtic complexions.

  • Aisling says:

    I wonder could anyone tell me where I could get the palmer cutler range of fake tan? I’d like to try it out!

  • Elvira says:

    Hi Aisling, coincidentally, I saw this in a Pharmacy in Kildare Town called Connollys – any good to you?

  • Dellylicious says:

    I am very pale. So pale in fact that when i’m not wearing fake tan people think i’m ill.

    I bought this product heavily discounted from a shop for £3.99. Now, I am the queen of fake tans. I started young and made most of my mistakes then. But trying a new tan is always a gamble. I have used all tans possible. My fave’s are the mousses. ‘Famous Daves’ is pretty good as is St Tropez. I put it on with a mitt that you can buy from various shops. The mitt allows you to put the tan on really easily with smooth strokes, and you don’t have to worry about washing your hands afterwards.

    So anyway, I bought Palmer and Culter on a whim. I hadn’t read anything about it beforehand but since it was only £3.99 I thought it was worth a go. I tried on one leg to see what it was like (strange choice but with the weather being so miserable they’re unlikely to be seen.) It developed into a very subtle tan. No streaks, no smell, and even though I’d only tried on a part of my leg, it didn’t look odd. My other leg was pasty, so it was a good comparison.

    I then tried it all over, and yesterday morning I woke up with a natural tan, not orange, not over the top, no streaks, no smell. It truly is a natural colour. And for those who want a darker look then just reapply. I would really recommend this. I was pleasantly surprised. The only draw back I can see is that there is no colour guide, which we have all become accustomed to. Using it is quite scary cos you don’t know whether you will wake up all covered in streaks. But after one go, and seeing the results, I am afraid no more.

    I will definitely be stocking up on this product.

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